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Nettle Surname Meaning

English (Cornwall): from Middle English netle ‘nettle’ (Old English netel). Various figurative uses of the word (‘enemy sin vice’) are recorded in the medieval period alluding to the nettle's sting. See Nettles . Altered form of North German Nettel a nickname for an obnoxious person from Middle Low German nettel ‘nettle’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Settle, Kettle, Netter, Hettler, Mettler, Nestler, Zettler, Nettles

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Where is the Nettle family from?

You can see how Nettle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nettle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nettle families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 113 Nettle families living in Cornwall. This was about 40% of all the recorded Nettle's in United Kingdom. Cornwall had the highest population of Nettle families in 1891.
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What did your Nettle ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Nettle. 34% of Nettle men worked as a Builders Labourer and 79% of Nettle women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nettle were Retired and Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Builders Labourer
    34%
  • Labourer General
    23%
  • Market Gardener
    23%
  • Retired
    23%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    79%
  • Incapacitated
    5%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Domestic Duties
    4%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Nettle. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Nettle. For the veterans among your Nettle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nettle lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Nettle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Nettle in 1959 was 43, and 70 in 2004.

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